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Most notably the tapestries Raphael designed for the Sistine Chapel

Filippo de Sanctis (b. 1843)

The Ascension of Christ c.1863-1900

Engraving | 48.8 x 45.6 cm (platemark) | RCIN 853301

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A print reproducing the tapestry of The Ascension of Christ, one from a twelve-piece set depicting scenes from the Life of Christ, traditionally known as the Scuola Nuova (eleven of which survive today in the Vatican Museums).

Lettered with artists' and printer's names below image. With coat of arms at lower centre, and head of an angel at lower right (detail from the tapestry). With pencil annotations on the front. Proof state before title and dedication. Described as from Pietro de Brognoli's series of prints after Raphael's Stanze frescoes and Vatican tapestries dated 1874 (Höper 2001). Not in Ruland (1876).

The Scuola Nuova set was probably commissioned by Pope Leo X, but the project seems to have been reactivated by Clement VII after his election as pope in 1523. Apparently designed by Raphael’s former assistants after the death of the master (perhaps incorporating some models by Raphael himself), the tapestries were woven in the workshop of Pieter van Aelst and completed by 1531, when the set was delivered to Rome. Ruland (1876) seemed to accept the view that the Scuola Nuova set was a gift to Leo X from Francis I on the occasion of the canonization of Francesco di Paola in 1519. For further discussion, see Bibliographic References.
  • Creator(s)

    Filippo de Sanctis (b. 1843) (engraver)

    After a work by the workshop of Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (designer)

    Nicola Ortis (1818-97) (designer)

    Angelo Biggi (active 19th century) (printer)

  • annotation: 258 B IX 2b [front, lower left, in pencil]
  • 48.8 x 45.6 cm (platemark)

  • Added to the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (after 1876)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    Subject(s)
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Life of Christ
            • Ascension of Christ
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.258 C.IX.2b(add)

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Raphael Invenit 1985 : G. Bernini Pezzini et al., Raphael Invenit. Stampe di Raffaello nelle Collezioni dell'Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome, 1985 pp.142-3,, no.IX.2 (entry by Grazia Bernini Pezzini)

    Höper 2001 : Höper, C. Raffael und die Folgen, Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2001 p.507, no.H 22.3

    Tapestry in the Renaissance 2002 : Tapestry in the Renaissance. Art and Magnificence, ed. Thomas P. Campbell, The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2002 pp.236-41